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Rainy River District EMS currently has a fleet of twelve (12) vehicles distributed between four (4) stations in the District of Rainy River. Our four stations, Atikokan, Fort Frances, Emo and Rainy River are staffed twenty-four (24) hours per day, 365 days a year. The Fort Frances station also has a second dayshift paramedic crew, Monday to Friday, excepting statutory holidays.
The district is served by ~50 Primary Care Paramedics (PCP), two EMS Supervisors, an EMS clerk and the Health Services Manager.
The Rainy River District covers a geographic area of approximately 15,472 sq. kilometers and has a population of 21,564 (2006 Census). It is bordered on the north by the Kenora District on the east by the Thunder Bay District, the south by Minnesota, USA and on the west by the Province of Manitoba.
Realignment of Land Ambulance in the Rainy River District
- 1997 Province announces Local Services Realignment (downloading) for implementation in January 1, 1998
- 1998 Province announces they will upload 50% of Land Ambulance and Public Health
- Fall 1999, Province requests interested Municipalities and DSSABs put in offers to operate Land Ambulance commencing January 1, 2001
- Rainy River DSSAB is successful and is named the Designated Delivery Agent (DDA) for Land Ambulance Delivery in the District of Rainy River
- January 1, 2001 as the DDA the RRDSSAB is responsible for ensuring the proper provision of Land Ambulance Services in the District of Rainy River in accordance with the needs of the persons within the District
- January 1, 2001 the RRDSSAB agrees to a one year contract with Atikokan General Hospital and Riverside Health Care Facilities while a review is conducted
- January 2, 2002, RRDSSAB extends the contract with the current Operators for an additional five (5) years.
- In 2006, following several reviews of service delivery the RRDSSAB elects to delivery Land Ambulance directly commencing January 1, 2007
- January 1, 2007, direct operations of Land Ambulance commences with the transfer of approximately forty-seven Paramedics from the existing hospital providers